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Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,355 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Born into slavery, young Harriet Tubman knew only hard work and hunger. Escape seemed impossible--certainly dangerous. Yet Harriet did escape North, by the secret route called the Underground Railroad. Harriet didn't forget her people. Again and again she risked her life to lead them on the same secret, dangerous journey.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1987 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1954)
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May 25, 2009 Melanie rated it really liked it
A great read for 5th graders learning about American history (specifically Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War).

I read this biography aloud to my children. The timing worked out well because it is Black History Month.

Harriet Tubman is an inspiring heroine! Despite having a hard life born into slavery, being beaten by her masters, and surviving a serious head wound that should have killed her, she went on to accomplish great things. She single-handedly brought over 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. It is astonishing that she eluded detection with 19 trips across slave territory. We la
Feisty Harriet
For younger audiences, but this is such a wonderful introduction to Harriet Tubman, her determination, drive, strength, and persistence in bringing slaves from the south into Pennsylvania, New York, and--after the Fugitive Slave Act--Canada. She led hundreds of men, women, and children to freedom, crossing back into slave territory time and time again to bring people to safety. During the Civil War she served as an army nurse, hospital administrator, scout, and front line general in South Caroli ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this in the sixties when I was a kid. Back then the rural school I attended didn't teach anything about Black American history. So, reading this book, I got the impression that Black people didn't have much to do with American history, except for rare instances like Harriet Tubman. It's a shame because I missed out on learning about a whole lot of interesting people. Now, of course, as an adult I've caught up on all that I missed then, and I'm glad to see that this book is still in print ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Zari rated it it was amazing
As a spy, she used disguises and passwords, forged documents and secret signals. But these weapons of warfare were always selected with the greatest simplicity.
~ From Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman

My kiddo and I both gave Freedom Train 5 stars. For intermediate and middle grade readers, I can't ask too much from it because there are some chapters where a lull of excitement sets in, and you don't want that for young readers. Even as an adult, if this book had've been any longer, I w
Nico Peeters
Jun 16, 2015 Nico Peeters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bailey Br
Apr 14, 2014 Bailey Br rated it it was amazing
In the book “Freedom Train” by Dorothy Sterling, Harriet Tubman was a slave in 1827. She was born a slave and would always be one. She was a very curious little girl. At only the age of eight, Harriet was going to be trouble for her master. Her master tried and tried to sell Harriet, but no one would buy her. Harriet grew older and at the age of 16 she was as curious as ever. One day, her curiosity got her into trouble. Harriet was hurt by her master and was knocked unconscious. She recovered, b ...more
Isaiah Johnson
Mar 16, 2010 Isaiah Johnson rated it really liked it
what i learned from this book so far is that harriet is a brave harted young girl,and by the way she can take a licking and keep on ticking.even though she had to literary eat scarps of food to live not just to stay healyhy but just to stay alive because she was a slave &because she was a african-american,i think this is a book that our generation will love to read over and over of the century!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Megan Vasek
Jan 27, 2016 Megan Vasek rated it really liked it
I thought Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman was a pretty good book. I enjoyed learning more about Harriet Tubman as I read the book. If I were to rate the book I would give it a 7.5 out of 10 because it was informative and pretty good, but it didn't totally draw me in. I would suggest this book to others who are looking for a non-fiction book because I thought it did a good job explaining Harriet's life and even her bravery. I had decided to read this book because I had heard of Harrie ...more
Sep 12, 2010 Chardell rated it it was amazing
The story of Harriet Tubman. This also makes a great reference book which includes great facts and events by date and year at the end of the book.
Haily Kokinakis
Feb 18, 2014 Haily Kokinakis rated it really liked it
Shelves: february
This book was very enlightening. I had never read a book about Harriet until this one. I found it educational in a non-boring way and I enjoyed that. I would use this book to help teach about the civil war because it shows the point of view from a slave and not from a person fighting in the actual war. Harriet fought her own war and won. I didn't like how the book kind of ended suddenly though. She was doing fine and then she dies? I get it that people die but maybe a little lead up to it? Maybe ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Rivkah. rated it really liked it
When I was little, I loved this biography about Harriet Tubman, and to this day I enjoy reading it and letting her bravery inspire me.
May 15, 2009 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, ya
I read this book during the reading time while I was tutoring...I learned more about Tubman and her incredible bravery...
Aug 06, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
where i learned the always useful fact that harriet tubman had narcolepsy from being hit on the head with an iron
Feb 04, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it
I am currently searching for a nonfiction novel to add to my 6th grade classroom repertoire for the coming school year. Freedom Train by Dorothy Sterling is the first book that I have read, and it is DEFINITELY a contender.

I enjoyed reading the story of Harriet Tubman. Of course, I have heard of Harriet and her role in helping slaves escape along the Underground Railroad, but there was so much about her that I didn't know! She played a major part in not only helping slaves escape but in the Civ
Feb 27, 2014 Madison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
I know that I had learned somewhat about Harriet Tubman in Elementary school, but I had no idea exactly how brave and determined this wonderful woman was. I have never read a story like this one. For such a short novel there are so many details and descriptions that bring Harriet Tubman to life. This book incorporates learning about the culture and hard lives of slaves. One thing that really impressed me about this book is the author's ability to write in a creative manner while being able to br ...more
Apr 23, 2014 Cathleen rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The true story of Harriet Tubman is dramatic and emotional and powerful, but this book made it hard to get through, particularly when I think about the school-aged kids reading it. It was much too laden down with minute and unimportant historical details, and is a perfect example of how one can take an amazing true story and turn it into something that makes kids think history is boring.

I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because of all the songs included in the book, which brought about a sense of
Feb 04, 2009 Kyle rated it really liked it
I thought it was a great book on Harriet Tubmens life.
Kira Butler
Apr 27, 2010 Kira Butler is currently reading it
I learnded that Harriet Tubman is a hero to black people.
Kayla Bennett
Oct 21, 2014 Kayla Bennett rated it it was amazing
This was a really inspiring book to read for me. Harriet went through so much for her freedom while helping others to freedom too. She had a true courage to go against the norms and become free. I really loved that she risked her life for her people because she knew it was immoral what was happening. This story makes me ponder if I could have done what she did? I like that she stood for what was right and many remember her for her courage and bravery among so much hardship. It was sad at the end ...more
Jan 19, 2010 Flower marked it as to-read
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Megan Korngold
This is a historical book about Harriet Tubman and is written on (about) a fourth grade reading level. The book chronicles Tubman’s experiences with slavery, segregation and civil rights. The book does a great job captivating students and keeping them interested in a factual story that has many elements making it hard to digest. For example, the topics of inequality and race may be ones that are more difficult to teach to younger students, however this book presents the information through Tubma ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Angela added it
i like it
May 26, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
This book opened my children's eyes to the injustice of slavery more than anything we've read so far this year. It was factual without being overly burdensome to young minds. My kids were rooting for Harriet Tubman the whole way through. I'm so glad that this book did a great job of delineating just what an incredible, selfless, true heroine Tubman was! My kids were awestruck at the work she did after she freed herself from slavery. And she did it all on her own! They were amazed that she and he ...more
Sapphire Moosman
Feb 14, 2015 Sapphire Moosman rated it it was amazing
This book held me spellbound from start to finish. I had always greatly admired Harriet Tubman, and thought I knew almost all about her. At least until I read this book. My admiration for her has multiplied as the author perfectly captures Harriet's strength, her courage, her resourcefulness, her spirit and her determination as she fights to protect and save her people.

A great story to read, many great lessons to be learned, many historic facts to uncover. I suggest you read it.

Have fun reading!
Jan 19, 2016 Jen rated it it was amazing
Read with kids for school. What an amazing story. I actually do not remember learning that much about Harriet Tubman as a child in school, this book was awesome for me to read as an adult and learn what a truly inspiring human she was. The kids both loved it and were amazed at her tenacity and willingness to help even at her own risks.
Feb 08, 2014 Allyson rated it liked it
Started teaching this book on my last sub job. Decided to finish it. It was good but I think the hard parts of escaping from slavery were kind of glossed over. They just made it sound like she walked right up to the Pennsylvania line and hopped over. I do get, however, that it was a kids book so probably too much detail was not a good thing. It was a good story and I think the kids are going to really enjoy it.
Dec 30, 2015 Tara rated it it was amazing
I didn't read this one myself; Titus and Isaiah did. But since they were reading it a lot in their free time outside of school, I think it's safe to say they really liked it. They talked to me about brutal treatment of slaves and how the book offered a portrayal of what life was really like for some slaves.
Lauren Briggs
Feb 14, 2014 Lauren Briggs rated it liked it
Shelves: february
I thought this book was very interesting and made me appreciate the freedom that I have in my life. I think Harriet is a true hero and has more love towards other people than anyone I know. At some points in the novel I found myself wandering and a little bored. Overall I would read this book again.
Mar 10, 2014 Spencer rated it liked it
Shelves: febraury
I already knew this story, but I learned a lot of facts that I didn't know before. It is crazy to think about all the sacrifices Harriet made. The book does a good job of telling her story. Might have been a little long/deep for kids, but to read along with kids it would probably be great.
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Dorothy Sterling (Dannenberg) was a Jewish-American writer and historian.

She was born and grew up in New York City, attended Wellesley College, and graduated from Barnard College in 1934. After college, she worked as a journalist and writer in New York for several years. In 1937, she married Philip Sterling, also a writer. In the 1940s, she worked for Life Magazine for 8 years. In early 1968, 448
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